GNIDA ready to negotiate; farmers disappointed
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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 20:23
Greater Noida: Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) today said it will launch fresh negotiations with farmers and was hopeful of getting their approval after the Allahabad High Court gave them till August 12 to arrive at an out-of-court settlement with the Authority.

The decision of the High Court to refer all petitions from Noida and Greater Noida areas against land acquisition to a larger bench, however, left the farmers disappointed, who said they will agree on nothing less than the "market price" for their land.

"We will hold negotiations with farmers. They will be given the benefit of new rehabilitation policy. We hope to get the farmers' approval," said Rama Raman, Chief Executive Officer of GNIDA.

Farmers of Bisrakh, Haibatpur and other villages, who were expecting a judgement in their favour, said they were not ready to negotiate at this stage.

"Farmers will not negotiate," farmer leader Dushyant Nagar said. When asked what price would be acceptable to farmers, Nagar said, "We want the market rate. At the nearby Ghaziabad in Raj Nagar Extension, builders bought land from farmers at Rs 12000 per square yard. The same rate would be acceptable to Noida Extension farmers."

Villagers in Patwari, where the court had quashed land acquisition, also insisted that their land be returned.

"We first want our land back. Then we will have more negotiating powers. Now the Authority will pressurise us by threatening to carry out demolition on our 'abadi' land by terming it unauthorised construction. They will also stop development in the village," said a villager.


First Published: Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 20:23

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